About Us

The St. Louis Chesterton Society has been meeting since early in 2004. Unfortunately, we were very, very difficult to find.  More recently we have been strategizing about how we might raise awareness of the Greatest Writer of the 20th Century. There were long discussions and a search for the “best” way to go about it. Mostly we were procrastinating. Finally we have decided to take the Big Man’s advice to heart: “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” (What’s Wrong With the World, 1910). And so, this website was born.


Although some of us think a Mission Statement is far too solemn for Chestertonians, we have adopted one anyway. Actually, we have adopted two but they’re not in conflict at all.

The St. Louis Chesterton Society promotes appreciation of G. K. Chesterton as a major literary figure; proposes his conclusions as mainly true, celebrates his writing as always witty, and as pertinent now as when written.

Then there is this version, a triolet written by member Tom Leith:

What we are About

We love our G. K. Chesterton
He understood the world
He never made monotony
And never, ever churled
We love our G. K. Chesterton
Quaffing beer, he weighed a ton
We love our G. K. Chesterton
He understood the world

Both were adopted by the attendees of the August 2007 meeting. You can decide which you prefer to remember.

The American Chesterton Society

Although there is no formal affiliation between us, we consider ourselves a chapter of The American Chesterton Society, which publishes the greatest magazine in the world, and the best source for all things Chestertonian: Gilbert! Membership in The American Chesterton Society is highly encouraged for all St. Louis Chesterton Society members.